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Miernicki, Ducks Win U.S. Intercollegiate
Release Date: 04/13/2010
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STANFORD, Calif. -- University of Oregon golfer Daniel Miernicki won his second individual championship of the spring, leading the sixth-ranked Ducks to their third team title of the season at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course.

The sophomore from Santee, Calif., who began the week ranked 29th among NCAA golfers, carded a career-best 64 in the final round to earn a three-stroke victory over second-round leader and No. 2-ranked Nick Taylor of Washington at 8-under par (202).

Miernicki's bogey-free finale, which included birdies on two of the final three holes for good measure, sent the Ducks to a school-best third tournament win. Head coach Casey Martin's team was the only squad to shoot under par among the 20-team field that included three other top ten teams, finishing at 1-under 839, three strokes better than runner-up San Diego State (842).

Miernicki, who also led UO to the Oregon Duck Invitational championship in March with his first career medalist performance, went 70, 68, 64 in Stanford, playing his final 42 holes at 10-under par.

The Ducks also received outstanding efforts from Eugene Wong and Andrew Vijarro on the last day at Stanford's 6,742-yard, par 70 home course. Wong, UO's No. 1 and the fifth-ranked men's golfer in the country, helped erase a rare 2-over opening round, following up Monday's 68 with a 69 to tie for 11th at 1-under 209.

Wong's eagle at the par 5 16th, combined with Miernicki's back-to-back birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 vaulted UO from one stroke back after 15 holes to a 3-stroke lead heading to each group's final hole.

Vijarro also closed with a 69 to creep into the top 20 of the 107-man field, tying for 19th at 2-over 212 (71-72-69).

Jack Dukeminier and Isaiah Telles each posted 4-over 74s Tuesday. Dukeminier ended the event in 41st with a 7-over 217 (73-70-74) and Telles finished tied for 51st at 10-over 220 (75-71-74).

The Ducks wrap up the regular season Saturday and Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., before beginning the Pac-10 Championships April 26 in Tempe, Ariz.

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